Germany stun Portugal in Euros quarterfinal

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This is another match where all the football fans around the world got to see what it means to play on the biggest of big stages and exactly what I mean when I say that Ronaldo is a Champions League player, Cristiano Ronaldo is not.

Germany have stunned Portugal 3-2 in tonight’s Euro2008 quarterfinal showdown.Bastian Schweinsteiger sidefooted in the first and created the second with a free-kick for Miroslav Klose.


Nuno Gomes finished from close range to give Portugal hope but they failed to defend another Schweinsteiger free-kick and Michael Ballack headed their third.Portugal substitute Helder Postiga pulled one back in the dying stages but there was to be no grandstand finish.


Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack said after the match: “We started very well”.


“We changed the system a bit with five in midfield and one striker less, we were very compact.”


“Especially in the first half I thought we played fantastically against a very strong Portugal team until now. I think we deserved it.”


Coming back to my point, after Germans got the two goal cushion, everybody was counting on C.Ronaldo to produce something special when it mattered most but again he disappointed as did he when he played the Champions League Semi Final and Final.


I think it should now be clear to all C.Ronaldo fans that, the fact is, that he cannot perform on big stages. There are two reasons for it. One, he plays for fame not for the team or country, because of this mentality, he always wants to do everything by himself (of which he is not capable of) so that people notice him and he can be the golden boy of football.


Second, although most pundits say that his technique is quite good, I do not agree with them because when you look at C.Ronaldo, you can clearly see, a guy who has learned everything he does on the field, I mean like cramming, he has just learnt that if he performs this move then this will happen and when things don’t go the way he has learnt then his performance level falls.


I believe, C.Ronaldo is the one of the luckiest players of all time (behind Inzaghi) to get this amount of goals in a season, all his goals were made because of team effort apart from his free kicks, from which he scored at a 1 to 10 conversion rate.


Now, because C.Ronaldo’s game is so heavily dependant on speed ratherthanskill, if affects him a lot then the other good players when there is pressure on the field and very little room to work with, this is where I think Messi and Robinho are way better than him.


I admit, Messi and Robinho do not spank teams like Levante, Everton, West ham like Cristiano does, although they do, do it , but they don’t do it quite as often as Cristiano does. In big matches like against Germany, a great player always performs or most of the times performs, I have not seen Cristiano performing on big stages, hell, I have not seen him perform in knock out stages of Champions League even.


Now, a lot of Cristiano fans, say that “no he is a good player, the thing is that he is marked heavily in big games”, I tell them, that if he cant even handle that, then why and I ask why the hell do you consider him to be the best in the business and compare him with the likes of Figo, Best and Ronaldo.


Ronaldo and Figo are players who owned Champions League, they all got marked heavily but they had the skill, the brains, the vision, the respect that they were able to perform under extreme pressure situations. Now I ask all of Cristiano’s fans, what did Ronaldo, Zidane and Figo hadwhatCristianodoes